RELAXED BODY, OPEN MIND ~ QiGong and Meditation Retreat (Weekthün)

with Shastri Trinley Busby & Michael Busby

December 26th—January 2nd

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  • $294 Suggested donation
  • $324 Program Price
  • $354 Patron Price
  • $100 Deposit
Room: Main Shrineroom

In this week-long practice intensive (aka “City Weekthün) you will have the unique opportunity to deepen your meditation practice without traveling far from home. New and experienced meditators are welcome.

The week of practice at the Bellingham Shambhala Center will focus on sitting meditation and be supported by an ancient Daoist body and energy practice called qi gong. With talks, meditation instruction, and contemplative lunches, participants will be immersed in contemplative life and systematically guided through the practice of sitting meditation. Each day’s schedule will be made up of periods of sitting and walking meditation, qi gong, chants, dharma talks or discussions, and a short work session.  

Engaging in group retreat, we empower each other’s paths and we unlock the wisdom of living in a good society. This retreat emphasizes that the microcosm of our own experience and the macrocosm of society are inseparable. To be present and confident in our lives, body and mind must be synchronized. Here, relating to body and mind in concert, we will cultivate health and clarity, ultimately trusting that they were never separate to begin with. Similarly, for a society to be harmonious, self and society must be synchronized as well.

Full attendance at this weekthun will fill the requirements for advanced programs that require one or more weekthüns as prerequisites, such as Enlightened Society Assembly, Warrior Assembly or Shambhala Guide Training.  It will also count as one week towards completion of a dathün requirement.

This is a non-residential retreat, although we will help with billeting if we have enough advance notice.   Registration and orientation will take place the evening of December 26th from 7:00-9:00 pm, and the schedule for the remaining days will be from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (with additional activities in the evenings for those that can participate).  A light breakfast, contemplative lunch, and afternoon tea will be provided daily.

Location: Bellingham Shambhala Center, 2825 Meridian Street, Bellingham, Washington

Our Generosity Policy: We have a Generosity Policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the program price is an obstacle for you, please consider your needs, and offer as much of the program fee as you can in order to support the program, the teachers, and the Center. If you do not intend to contribute the full registration fee, please contact the coordinator for a subsidy request to help us plan. For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a "Patron Price". Your generosity in offering the patron price helps to cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.

Registration: When you register (Scroll down to the bottom of this page and select the yellow "CLICK TO REGISTER"), please note your needs in the “COMMENT” box.  (For instance, this would include letting us know of a subsidy request, billeting wishes, or food allergies.)  You will have the opportunity to pay via PayPal for your deposit or your entire registration fee, when you register online. (You may also pay with cash or check when you arrive for the program.)  REQUESTS FOR BILLETING should be made by the registration deadline of December 11th.

PLEASE RESERVE YOUR SPACE in this workshop intensive as soon as possible by making a $100 deposit, or by making full payment.  (Choose the “Deposit” radio button or desired Program Price button when you register.) Again, please make requests for billeting by December 11th. When registering, if you have food allergies that you wish to be accommodated, please indicate this in the "COMMENT" field.  Requests for billeting should also be communicated via email to:  [email protected]. (Be sure to put "Weekthün" in your subject line.)

Registration deadline is December 11th.

Questions? Contact Vicky Moyle at [email protected] and be sure to put a mention of the Weekthün in the subject line.

Shastri Trinley Busby is a student of the Sakyong, Mipham Rinpoche and a senior teacher in the Shambhala tradition. She has worked for many years as a frontline social worked on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, particularly with marginalized populations who live with concurrent mental health and substance abuse challenges. She has served as director of the social action arm of the Vancouver Centre, Awake in Action (2008-2011), on Vancouver’s governing council and advises on the Ziji Collective International steward’s council. Trinley serves on staff or faculty for many advanced Shambhala Assemblies. She currently resides in Seattle, WA with her husband Michael and two cats, Emily and Buster.

Michael Busby is the Director of the Seattle Shambhala Center and a dedicated student of Sakyong Mipham and the Shambhala lineage. As such he is always working to enliven the path of leadership with the teaching of Shambhala, and to mentor new students in integrating their own study with embodying the teachings in their service as leaders. He is authorized to teach qi gong by Dr. Eva Wong -- 19th-generation lineage carrier of Xiantianwujimen Daoism (Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School of Daoism) and 3rd-generation student of Wang Xiangzhai, founder of Yiquan. He has been practicing and studying qigong with Dr. Wong for eight years and is grateful for the opportunity to share these precious, health-enhancing practices with others. He also runs a tea company called Daoist Lifestyle tea.